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Student Profile: Alyssa Bridgman
Alyssa Bridgman is an MA student at Simon Fraser University. Her areas of focus are manuscript studies, digital mediations of Emily Dickinson's late poems, and contemporary ecological poetry. She lives and works on the unceded territories of the Kwikwetlem First Nation.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I did my Honours English BA Degree at SFU, so I was excited to continue on at SFU for my Master's Degree.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.
I research archival and manuscript studies, with a focus on materiality, the inherent physical qualities of print objects. I write critically and creatively on issues of embodiment and environment.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
The opportunities for collaborative research and the sense of community within the English Department as well as research work opportunities.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?
The David and Mary Macaree Graduate Fellowship has allowed me to research Simon Fraser's 1808 expedition down the Fraser River and the lasting cultural impact that settler-colonial Scottish figures have in the Vancouver area and at SFU specifically.
DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM FOR THOSE SEARCHING.
My MA is a combination of course work and research projects, which allows me to both learn about critical theory and literature and put this knowledge into practice in my own work.